Children begin to develop a self-image during the pre-school years. This development continues throughout the adolescent years. As a child encounters new experiences, and grows and develops as a result of those experiences, the child’s self-concept continually changes. Exposure to an environment which is receptive to creative expression is believed to contribute positively to the development of the child’s self-concept. Opportunities for developing creative expression, such as dance classes, offer a way to enhance a child’s self-image.
Dancers learn to express the language of the art of dance with the whole body. Such expression requires strong confidence in one’s self. At Virginia Dance Center, we encourage creative expression while emphasizing proper technique. We believe that a child’s self-esteem and self-identity are enhanced through dance and it is our goal to promote a positive self-image.
To encourage the development of creativity, students of all ages, 3 through adult, are encouraged to express their thoughts, ideas and emotions in an accepting atmosphere. Dance classes allow for the free expression of creativity, as well as a critical examination of the results of such expression. Providing a child with an environment that is accepting, where one can try and fail, and try again, encourages creative thinking and enhances one’s self-image for a lifetime.